I thought it might be good to publish Linda's letters, or parts of them, as she writes because I haven't found any other site that is making public her dilemma on a regular basis. Not that my blog gets read by that many people, but you never know - perhaps some really smart human-rights activist might read it and actually do something for this woman who has been maligned for 16 years.
Linda was telling me about a German woman who saved Jewish children from the Nazis by hiding them in her tool bag that she carried around while working on the sewers. She smuggled them out of the Warsaw ghetto and fended off guards by training two large dogs to bark and drown out the children's cries. She kept the parents' names buried in a jar in her back yard, hoping that after the war, she could reunite the children with their parents. Unfortunately, most of the relatives were dead by the end of the war. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize many years later (I recall reading about this) but as Linda says:
Instead of her, Gore or some other politcian was given the award for his environmental work. Go figure. Keeping that forest not cut because little green frog can't wait 70 years for it to regrow (an argument I heard at a politician's meeting during the election) takes precedence over life.
I ran in that election to take away votes from Jack Layton of the NDP. I was with the Christian Freedom Party. At that meeting of environmentalists, I commended them for their arrests for tree-clutching. Then mentioned the little green frog saga that had been proejcted onto a wall size screen.
I said I too have been arrested for protesting and asked "If we should wait 70 years to save a frog, shouldn't we wait 9 months to save the children we are saving the forest for?"
You could have heard a pin drop in the room. (I thought the environ worshippers would have had me drug out and lynched) ...
Well there was a lot of foot-shuffling (even from the Alliance Party rep who was a previous Pentecostal pastor - SHAME he couldn't find his voice.)
Eventually he did, hawing and humming about '"privately" I agree with her but "publicly" it's what my electorate wants.' What if his electorate wanted all environmentalists banned by law?
- Linda Gibbons,imprisoned pro-life activist
Just thought that I should give Linda's voice from jail some public hearing.